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Formula Forensics No. 005 – Zebras and Checker-Boards

Published on Dec 8, 2011 in Formula Forensics, Huis, Learn Excel, Posts by Hui
Formula Forensics No. 005 – Zebras and Checker-Boards

Zebra Stripes and Checker Boards

This week in Formula Forensics I’m taking a break from Array Formulas to have a look at some Zebra Stripes and Checker Boards.

No, I haven’t gone crazy, although some may argue that point.

More specifically were going to take a look at, Zebra Stripes and Checker-Board Conditional Formatting.

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Introduction to Spreadsheet Risk Management

Published on Dec 7, 2011 in Financial Modeling, Learn Excel
Introduction to Spreadsheet Risk Management

This series of articles will give you an overview of how to manage spreadsheet risk. These articles are written by Myles Arnott from Excel Audit

Part 1: An Introduction to managing spreadsheet risk
Part 2: How companies can manage their spreadsheet risk
Part 3: Excel’s auditing functions
Part 4: Using external software packages to manage your spreadsheet risk

The potential impact of spreadsheet error hit the UK business news recently after a mistake in a spreadsheet resulted in outsourcing specialist Mouchel issuing a major profits warning and sparked the resignation of its chief executive. Over the next few weeks we will look at the risk spreadsheets can introduce to an organisation and the steps that can be taken to minimise this risk.

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8 Tips to Make you a Formatting Pro

Published on Dec 5, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
8 Tips to Make you a Formatting Pro

We can take any Excel workbook and format it until Christmas, and we would still not be done. But not many of us have so much of time or energy. So, today, lets talk formatting.

In this, you will learn how to
1) Use tables to format data quickly
2) Change colors of your worksheet in a snap
3) Use cell styles
4) Quickly clone formatting using format painter
5) Clear formats to begin with a clean-slate
6) Formatting shortcuts
7) Formatting options for print
and 8 ) Why you should not go overboard formatting

So go ahead and become a formatting pro.

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What is one area of Excel you want to learn more? [Survey]

Published on Dec 2, 2011 in Learn Excel
What is one area of Excel you want to learn more? [Survey]

It is almost weekend. Today we (Jo and I) are going to watch a cricket match being played in Vizag. We are pretty excited as this is the first time we are watching a match in stadium. So, let keep this light and fun. I want to know What is one area of Excel you […]

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Christmas Gift Shopping List Template – Set budget, track your gifts using Excel

Published on Nov 23, 2011 in excel apps, Learn Excel
Christmas Gift Shopping List Template – Set budget, track your gifts using Excel

Last year, Steven shared a beautiful Christmas Gift List template with all of us. It is packed with lots of Excel goodness. Just a few days ago, he emailed me another copy of his file with some improvements. So if you are planning for Christmas shopping and want a handy tracker, you don’t want to miss this.

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Formula Forensics No. 003 – Lukes Reward

Published on Nov 18, 2011 in Formula Forensics, Learn Excel, Luke, Posts by Luke
Formula Forensics No. 003 – Lukes Reward

Today we publish what is hopefully the First of many posts by guest author Luke M. it is also the Third post in the Formula Forensics series, which has now moved to a regular and new Thursday slot ?

Luke has taken up Hui’s and 3G’s challenge of explaining how the technique he regularly uses on the Chandoo.org Forums for extracting individual records out of a group.

Today Luke tells us how to extract a list of items from a larger list according to some criteria.

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Calculate Payment Schedule [Homework]

Published on Nov 11, 2011 in Excel Challenges, Learn Excel
Calculate Payment Schedule [Homework]

While I was away, Hui did a splendid job of starting a new series called Formula Forensics. The idea is to break down formulas for difficult real-world problems so that we can understand them better. In that spirit, I am giving you an interesting and tough formula homework. Situation: Imagine you work for Large Fries […]

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A Technique to Quickly Develop Custom Number Formats

Published on Nov 2, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Huis, Learn Excel, Posts by Hui
A Technique to Quickly Develop Custom Number Formats

This post examines a quick technique for developing Custom Number Formats for Cells, Charts or any other Number location in Excel.

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Using an Array Formula to Find and Count the Maximum Text Occurrences in a Range

Using an Array Formula to Find and Count the Maximum Text Occurrences in a Range

Chandoo is off on Holidays and once again thrown me the keys to Chandoo.org.

So this week we’re going to:

  • Pull apart an Array Formula and see what’s under the hood;
  • Have a look at a technique for quickly developing Custom Number Formats &
  • Look at how we can use HTML Codes in posts at Chandoo.org to spice up your questions and answers.

Today is Tarun’s Problem

“I have got multiple names in each row and would like to have what name is repeated maximum number of times and how many times?”

Today we pull apart an answer to this question and see how it works.

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Compare 2 Lists Visually and Highlight Matches

Published on Oct 27, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Compare 2 Lists Visually and Highlight Matches

Comparison is one of the most common things we do with Excel. Naturally, there are so many ways to compare 2 lists of data using Excel.

Today, I want to share an interesting comparison problem with you.

Lets say you run a small shop which sells some highly specialized products. Now, since your products require quite some training before customers can buy them, you keep track of all product queries and arrange demos.

After a hectic week, you are staring at 2 lists. One with product queries, another with product demos. And you want to know whether all the queries are answered with a demo or not.

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Excel Links – After a long time edition

Published on Oct 24, 2011 in excel links

Long time readers of Chandoo.org know that we have a regular featured called as “Excel Links“, where I share some interesting Excel articles published around the web. This used to be a weekly feature, then became a monthly thing and later once a few months thing. As I had a hectic weekend, when I got […]

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Filter values where Fruit=Banana OR Sales>70. In Other Words, How to use Advanced Filters?

Published on Oct 10, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Filter values where Fruit=Banana OR Sales>70. In Other Words, How to use Advanced Filters?

Filtering is a simple yet powerful way to analyze data. When you apply filters to any list of values, Excel gives you some really useful pre-defined filters so that you can analyze the data in a variety of ways. So, assuming you have data like this: We all know how to filter data for Bananas. […]

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Sum of Values Between 2 Dates [Excel Formulas]

Published on Sep 27, 2011 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Sum of Values Between 2 Dates [Excel Formulas]

Lets just say, you run a nice little orange shop called, “Joe’s Awesome Oranges“. And being an Excel buff, you record the daily sales in to a workbook, in this format. After recording the sales for a couple of months, you got a refreshing idea, why not analyze the sales between any given 2 dates? […]

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Refresh All Pivot Tables at once [Quick Tip]

Published on Sep 19, 2011 in Learn Excel, VBA Macros
Refresh All Pivot Tables at once [Quick Tip]

Pivot Tables are an integral part of Excel based reports. So it is no surprise that many of create multiple pivot reports in one Excel workbook. So when the underlying data changes, we often spend time refreshing individual pivot tables. Today, I want to share a quick tip about how to refresh all pivot tables […]

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